K - posted on 09/18/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )
5 year old daughter started kindergarten so happy, social smart and excited. 1 week in I hear about warning slaps (but cant tell me who taught her that work), then time outs (ok that's typical). So I decide to watch and see. After school everyday she comes home, angry, will cry easy (nothing ever made her cry before), will act impulsively (running off suddenly), is having bad dreams, and by the 4th week told me she was too sick to go to school (so we kept her home on a Friday). The last day I picked her up from school she told me her teacher told her that her home work assignment was to cut her nails (what?!) and that she didn't get to have her take home lunch because the teacher told her to go wash her hands, when she came back the teacher had locked the door (with her lunch inside) and left with the other kids. That day she cried for hours after school and it took dinner, ice cream, balloon and lots of hugs for our daughter to return to normal. Is this a normal transition reaction to kindergarten? Its been 5 weeks and it seems to be getting worse and the anger lasting longer.